Spiegelau, the world-renowned glass manufacturer, has filled the gap left by Liquorland Ltd who has decided not to run their international wine judging competition this year. The new Spiegelau International Wine Competition will be conducted from 21-23 June in Marlborough. It serves as a platform for New Zealand wines to be bench-marked with styles from around the world, and allows international wines to be recognised in the local arena.
Many of the personnel involved with the Liquorland event have been invited to the Spiegelau competition, with Sydney-based Mike de Garis as Chief Judge and international judges Adrian Atkinson, the Global Wine-Buying Director for Pernod-Ricard from London, and Phil Reedman, specialist consultant from Adelaide involved. The experienced team of Belinda Jackson, Margaret Cresswell and Shona White are Competition Director, Competition Administrator and Chief Steward respectively.
The Spiegelau International Wine Competition will feature specific-style Spiegelau glassware for the judging, a first for any major competition conducted in this country.